Type I diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 5 to 10% of the estimated 382 million people worldwide with diabetes are type 1.
According to the JDRF
As many as 3 million Americans suffer from T1D
Each year, more than 15,000 children and 15,000 adults—approximately 80 people per day—are diagnosed with T1D in the United States
Approximately 85% of people living with T1D are adults; 15% of people living with T1D are children
The prevalence of T1D in Americans under 20 years of age rose by 23% between 2001 and 2009
The rate of T1D incidence among children under 14 years of age is estimated to increase annually by 3% worldwide
Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in recent years and the figures continue to grow dramatically. Diabetes had an 11 fold increase (worldwide) between 1985 and 2012 (1985 – 30M patients, 2012 – 347M patients).
Until now, nothing has been able to prevent T1D, or cure it without serious side effects.
“Both children and adults like me who live with type 1 diabetes need to be mathematicians, physicians, personal trainers, and dietitians all rolled into one. We need to be constantly factoring and adjusting, making frequent finger sticks to check blood sugars, and giving ourselves multiple daily insulin injections just to stay alive.” - Mary Tyler Moore, JDRF International Chairman